Happy February, everyone! I’ve been in Dublin three weeks now and I’m having the best adventures. This past weekend I took a day trip with two of my housemates to Cork and Blarney, where the famous Blarney Castle and Blarney Stone are located.
Let me first say that I am possibly my grumpiest before the sun comes up. It’s not that I’m not a morning person, but I’m definitely not an extremely early riser. But, I still agreed to get a train at 7am, roughly an hour before sunrise here in Dublin.
Up at 5am to shower and eat, we were out the door by 6:30am to catch a cab to the train station. It was a 2 hour 35 minute ride, which meant enough time for a solid nap (for me, at least). When we got into Cork, it was pouring. The rain was awful, so we took cover in the English Market, which was basically a huge indoor market that sold meat, vegetables, bread, chocolate, and all things food. We stopped for a mid morning snack of scones and Irish soda bread (absolutely delicious) before sucking it up and making our way into the rain.
We decided we should just get to Blarney Castle as soon as possible, in case the rain didn’t let up. We caught the bus just in time and went the half hour or so to Blarney. When we got there the weather had cleared up quite a bit and we were able to walk the grounds to the castle relatively rain-free.
The castle was absolutely amazing. The current castle was built in the mid 1400’s and still stands (mostly) today. While there’s some obvious wear due to weather, the stronghold is just that, strong! The stairs were so narrow in the castle that we had to turn our feet to make sure we didn’t slip.
We made it through the castle (which is huge) and finally got up to the top to kiss the Blarney Stone. While somewhat daunting as you have to lean backwards in order to kiss it, it was well worth the trek. Legend has it that those who kiss the stone are endowed with the gift of gab and often go on to become great speakers. One notable public speaker who has kissed the stone? Winston Churchill!
We spent a good few hours on the grounds, seeing the fern gardens, waterfall, and the Blarney House. In the late 1800’s, the house was built overlooking the nearby lake, and let me say, it’s just as impressive as the castle.
Unfortunately we had only planned for a day trip, so we had to catch a train back after a quick lunch in order to get back by 8pm. Another napping opportunity, the train ride went far too quick in my opinion.
Though it was a long day of traveling, it was most certainly an adventure, and something to check off my bucket list! Check back next week for my next adventure, which right now is looking to be Galway and the Cliffs of Moher, but who knows! It could take a different turn!
Writer, traveler, and lover of all things One Direction. Frequent concert attendee, paler than the average human, and quite possibly the first person who will die from loving Ashton Irwin so much. I enjoy panicking over small things, obsessing over Twin Peaks, and acting like a mom. You can usually find me being extremely sarcastic and sassy while simultaneously avoiding all responsibilities to focus solely on One Direction.